Thursday, October 25, 2007

Now that the dust has settled . . .

I can tell you that the Skunk Shrug is finished and enjoying its new home with Grace. Since Grace is allergic to wool (shame, that), I used a little Lionbrand Homespun, Red Heart Light & Lofty and the strip was a white chenille whose name escapes me at the moment. The neat thing was that the chenille was less bulkier than the Homespun/Light & Lofty so it puckered at the stripe making it look very skunk-like indeed. A fun quick thing that made someone's day.

Skeins are setting in the upstairs bathroom. I must admit, having ignored this step for too long, I harbor some regrets: the yarn is softer and loftier. I am reformed. Now . . . swatching, the next knitterly hurdle. Baby steps . . .

Feeling strongly that I should use up some leftover of Trekker sock yarn, I'm on the second of a pair of sockettes. Just doing a heel turn and gusset has me eager to make more socks for the upcoming season.

And I did make it the Sheep & Wool. I stopped at Jamie Harmon's wonderfully dyed angora stand and got some more of that. (I swear, I did use all the stuff from last year.) There's more mohair, llama and sheep waiting to be spun. And I've added to the Stinky Fleece pile with some Border Leicester.

I shall now go knit whilst Tom enjoys the jacuzzi . . .

Friday, October 12, 2007

Laden Table

There's a whole lot of fiber going on. Projects forgotten, projects pending, projects waiting for more wool from AC Moore's. Wrapped in the Star Wars sheet is the imprisoned Rambouillet, dirty, stinky and proud of it. Atop that with carders, is some clean Rambouillet waiting to be spun on various spindles. Bennie's Bernat Disco/Lion Brand Fun Fur scarf shied out of the picture, but it's a wild teal and orange mix. My Brighid bag is still awaiting a decent lining and strap.

Also there are skeins of fiber that I've been feverishly spinning in an effort to empty the shelves of stuff I bought at last year's Sheep & Wool so that there's room for the this year's stuff from the Sheep & Wool. Nature abhors a vacuum.

And here's Grace's Skunk Shrug peeking from the black bag waiting for some more Homespun-like wool. (So far, this is a mix of the Lion Brand Homespun and Red Heart's black bumpy stuff.) I'm about half-way through this project.

As long as I have a block of uninterrupted time, I'm able to paint. I haven't had that since last week. As long as I have the Work out, in sight, it won't be forgotten.

Now I must make plans for another Overnight Birthday Party for Ian (we'll be 11). Rated M games need to be gleaned from the gaming piles, dog hair needs to be vacuumed (although I don't know what difference that will make ~ boys don't notice that sort of thing), brownie mix must be procured and coffee, lot's of it ~ for me. The next day.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I'm not famous, y'know.

Which is why I can Google and Yahoo myself until I'm blue in the face and still not find me or my blog in the searches. Well, actually . . . two came up that have kindly included me in a favorite blog list: and And as soon as I figure out how to reconfigure my side-bars, I'll include them on there.

Beyond that, I do not exist.

I suppose this means I can fly under the radar a little longer. Remain anonymous. Stay humble.

Beulah, peel me a grape!

Still painting, knitting and spinning, by the way ~ just no photos to prove it.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Shhh! . . . Artist at Work!

It's Friday. I'm ignoring domestic responsibilities, the phone and the incessant hammering outside. Dirk is hanging cedar shingles (which can not be hung directly against Tyvek, BTW ~ needs felt paper twixt the two). I am painting. One for pure pleasure and the other because I've finally come up with a vision for the Lovers arcana and it must be gotten down before lost in the oblivion of phone calls, faxes, paperwork, hamburger and dirty underwear. It is a water sports sort of day ~ acrylics and watercolors, with a dash of sea salt.

In this piece, I am attempting to capture my personal yin~yang with the Dawgs. It is interesting how the personalities of these mutts complement each other. Bodhi, although colored in that black yin, is yang in personality and body build ~ muscle and sinew, extremely focused. Where as, Crystal with her white yang is all mush, yeilding and easily confused. We'll see what happens with this painting over the weekend. Nods to Columbus and his White Sales, of course.

Here is my tea waiting for the Salt Trick to dry on the Lovers. After that, I'll be mixing up some gold into a few colors and letting that all rip.

And so you don't think I'm slacking in the fiber area of my life: this is a Skunk Shrug for Grace. Skunk is her totem. She voiced a wish to possess a shrug sometime in her life; I figured I was just the gal to do it. Continuing in my Black and White theme for this month, Skunk-like ideas came to mind. That little black stripe running up the white looks cute, doesn't it? Could almost kiss it full on the lips. Funny thing ~ the night I started this knit project, I ran into a skunk absconding with one of the uncollected eggs as I went out to tuck in the chickens. Kismet with near consequences.

Don't ask me about the Rambouillet. I'm still spinning it. Just 16 more days until the Sheep & Wool! Squeal . . .